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the grey hardwood floor edit

Grey hardwood flooring comes in many different shades and lends itself to a modern, farmhouse or a rustic industrial interior.

Grey hardwood floors have been growing in popularity in the last few years as they are elegant, stylish and the colour can be carried throughout the house.


Grey wood floors usually sit in the mid colour tone range and hide dirt and scuff marks better than its lighter and darker counterparts.


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Grey floors will come in variety of styles and finishes, and the choices you make for each will depict the final product.


For example: What tone of grey do you like? Light white grey, taupe grey, cool blueish grey, perhaps a warm earthy grey or maybe a silver gunmetal grey?

How would you like the surface? Smooth, wire brushed, double wire brushed, distressed or tumbled?

What grade would you like? Prime - no knots, Rustic AB - some character and limited knots, Rustic B - heavy character and knots.

What width of board? 180mm, 220mm, 300mm, 450mm or you would opt for mixed widths.


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What did your floor turn out like?

Was it a light grey with a heavy brush and plenty of knots on mixed width boards?

Or did you go ultra modern with gunmetal grey, smooth surface in prime on wide 450mm boards?


Most high end specialist hardwood flooring showrooms will usually let you tailor make the floor to your design.

Keep in mind when doing this that the colour will always slightly change depending on the choices mentioned above.


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Tips for choosing gray hardwood flooring


Here are the key things to consider when selecting gray hardwood floors


Solid vs Engineered

As a professional, I will always lean towards engineered boards.

The construction is far more stable than solid, therefore you can have wider boards, you can float them over sound proofing underlay and they can be installed over under floor heating.


There is often a misconception, one I had myself when I first started in the industry, that a solid board will last longer than an engineered board as you can sand it more.

This is incorrect. You can only ever sand down to where the tongue and groove profile is, regardless of the construction.

This top layer is an important feature to take note of.


For more information on Solid vs Engineered see my detailed blog post here.


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Plank Width

Planks above 220mm are generally considered wide.

I usually advise my client not to go narrower than a 180mm unless they are looking for a very traditional interior.

I feel this is the sweet spot for a plank width as it's wide without overpowering the room.


Wider planks will make the space feel bigger but you need to have the space to carry it off because it's all about balancing proportion.

Imagine having a 3m x 3m room and laying a 450mm wide board - you will literally lay 7 boards. However if you have a large but narrow space, by using wider boards it will make the space feel larger as the room size can handle it.


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Species

Oak is the most popular species used for grey floors as it takes to pigmented finishes better than other woods.

I have seen a grey washed Walnut but the result is more of a beige tone.

Because tropical wood such as teak and iroko are naturally dark, it has a disadvantage over oak as it's difficult to lighten it's natural colour.


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Gloss Level

Hard waxed oiled floors will have a matt tone as the oil dulls down quite quickly.

Lacquered finished floors will usually have three gloss levels:

matt (no sheen)

satin/matt (low sheen)

gloss (high sheen)


Keep in mind that the higher the sheen level, the more dust and scratches will show up.

Personally I prefer a hard wax oil finish as it feels and looks more natural.

A matt finish also suits grey hardwood floors.


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Here are my 3 personal favourite grey floors:

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Lunar Grey Washed Oak

I adore the softness of this washed grey tone.

By adding some colour pigment to a floor helps it combat turning natural yellow in the sun.


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Taupe Grey Oak

I find this tone so interesting as it has an earthy grey and almost has touches of green.

A very chic and low maintenance colour .


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Tribeca Loft Grey

The light grey/white top coat of oil on this product gives it great contrast to its brown/grey base colour.

A versatile product that could go throughout your home.


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Elephant Grey Oak

A mid tone grey floor that offers warmth without going too dark in colour.


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Charcoal Dust Oak

In order to get a dark base the floor is fumed and then finished with grey hard wax oil to create contrast within the floors pattern.


I hope this article has given you more information in choosing the perfect grey floor for your home.


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